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SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award

The call for applications is now open and will close on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at 5 p.m. Central time
The Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award recognizes demonstrated leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology professions. These contributions may be of a professional or technical nature, and may include research or development of improved processes (with or without technology), or exemplary contribution to the professional society. For more information and to make a nomination 

Disease modelers project a rapidly rising toll from Ebola

Scientists across the world are scrambling to create computer models that accurately describe the spread of the deadly virus. An accurate model could help agencies such as the World Health Organization predict the amount of medical supplies and personnel that they will need. Further they could simulate the impact of various possible interventions to determine which will help stop the outbreak.

Wearable Workflow Needs Health Systems Engineering

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Wearable technology is everywhere. But the applications are especially promising in healthcare, such as patient monitors and wearable user interfaces to health information systems. But wearable tech will not succeed unless the work flow is right. Dr. Chuck Webster, judge for the annual Workflow Management Coalition Awards for Excellence in BPM and Workflow and Awards for Case Management, discussed how health systems engineering can help make wearable technology successful in healthcare. View the presentation and recording.

This webinar was presented by the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 program committee and showcases the types of sessions in its dynamic program.

Submit an abstract for Poster Presentation! – Deadline Nov. 14 

The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference provides you with an excellent opportunity to present the results of your work to a wide, interested and experienced audience. We encourage you to submit abstracts of your work for presentation as posters. This year’s poster session will be a bit divergent from year’s past. Posters will be submitted and approved as usual, however, at the conference all poster presenters will be given the opportunity to speak to their work during intersession periods/receptions. The posters will be divided between two different tracks: Applied and Research projects. After these facilitated sessions, judges and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with posters of interest to them. Judges will gather and discuss the projects accordingly and at the end of the proceedings, award a 1st and 2nd place award to each track.

Note: participation in the presentation portion of the poster track is voluntary. That is, an author may elect to submit a poster, but is not required to make a presentation.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

How to get your improvement projects approved

Want to get your improvement project approved? Better read this first!

Dynamic keynote speakers to appear at the HSPI Conference 2015

Two keynote speakers will address attendees during the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, taking place Feb. 18-20 at The Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

/uploadedImages/SHSNew/croppedKim.jpgKim Barnas, a member of the faculty at ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, will deliver her presentation on Feb. 19. Barnas has an M.S. in healthcare administration and served as a senior vice president of ThedaCare and president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. She is also the author of the 2014 book, "Beyond Heroes, A Lean Management System for Healthcare."

/uploadedImages/SHSNew/Chuck.jpgDr. Chuck Webster from EHR Workflow Inc. will speak to attendees on Feb. 20. Dr. Webster has degrees in accountancy, industrial engineering, intelligent systems and medicine. Webster designed the first undergraduate program in medical informatics, was a software architect in a hospital MIS department, and also served as a vice president and chief medical informatics officer for an EHR vendor for more than a decade.

And for more information about these keynote speakers and to register for the HSPI Conference 2015, go to www.shsconference.org 

New Member with Successful Career: Tangela Craft

The Society for Health Systems wants to highlight the successful career of Tangela Craft. Tangela is a Manager in Productivity Management for the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her BS in Industrial Engineering from N.C. State University and her MBA from East Carolina University. To read Tangela’s profile, as well as those previously highlighted, visit the Members with Successful Careers section of the SHS website.

What deep-fry joints and traffic have to do with population health

To date, population health strategies have relied heavily on providers. Now, providers are important—don't get me wrong—but they’re not the only ones influencing health outcomes.

Call for nominations for the SHS Board of Directors

The SHS Nominating Committee is making a call for nominations for two dynamic directors whose terms will begin Feb 20. All nominees must be current, regular members of SHS. Students are not eligible. Interested candidates or nominators should complete the nomination form by Oct. 30, 2014, for consideration by the SHS Nominating Committee. Take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague to Pam Patterson at IIE Headquarters. Contact Todd Schneider, nominating committee chair, if you have questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your profession through a Society leadership position.

An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition

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Sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

Entries are now being accepted for the SHS Student Simulation Competition. Gather a team of four students to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500! Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Orlando, Fla., at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, certificates and cash awards.

Entry forms are due no later than Sept. 30. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards." For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition Web page.

BREAKING NEWS: Special Event in the Atlanta area!
Networking Session and Presentation
Oct. 24, 2014

After a roaring "first-year success," SHS is hosting another SHS Networking session in ATLANTA! Friday, Oct. 24 is the date! Attend a networking session and presentation at Maggiano's Little Italy located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta. Pam Arlotto, President and CEO of Maestro Strategies will discuss "Decision Making in Times of Uncertainty: Thinking Differently about Change". More information about the event 

Member milestones - September 2014

Please join us in congratulating the following members for their continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. Click here to view members have been completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of October 2014.

Hansel and Gretel: Lessons for Managing a Crisis

A fresh look at managing change, especially change that comes as a response to a crisis. Although we all fear a crisis, it can serve an important function by forcing you onto a path you wouldn’t have dared walk before. It can be an emboldening, even enlightening, experience. When you step outside your comfort zone, you have a chance to discover new and sometimes unexpected ways to push past uncertainty.


SHS NewsletterSeptember 2014

The September 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features an article describing 12 mobile health apps that hospitals and health systems have released, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review over the past four months. Be sure to read the entry details and prize monies for the exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim! Also you will find a time and motion study on medication reconciliation at admission and discharge; hospitals turning to big data to improve patient care; an interview with Dr. Greg Jacobson; healthcare spending; smart pills; and a roundtable on safety culture with supporting processes helping to lower and prevent HAIs. You can read about the renowned keynote speakers for the 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference upcoming Feb. 18-20 and view members with continued years of service to the Society. And you can purchase access to the Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future and hear how leading organizations are navigating the field's most pressing issues, including the Affordable Care Act, change management, value-based purchasing and more.


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